Avionics News October 2014 - 44

MEMBER

PREFERRED
AVIONICS &
INSTRUMENTS

PROFILE

LOCATION:
3679 Bowen Road
Howell, MI 48855
PHONE: 800-736-6143

Preferred Avionics
celebrates 10 years
S T O R Y

B Y

I

C H R I S T I N E

n	the	picturesque	small	town	of	Howell,	Michigan,	
Preferred	Avionics	&	Instruments	is	celebrating	10	
years	in	business.	Based	at	the	Livingston	County	
Airport,	about	an	hour	northwest	of	Detroit,	the	FAAcertified	Part	145	repair	station	caters	mostly	to	singleengine	pistons	and	light	twins.	It	serves	customers	

Avionics technician Ken Jablonski prepares a Twin Comanche
for an autopilot upgrade.

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across	the	states	of	Michigan	and	Ohio,	and	even	
nationwide	with	its	off-site	repair	services.
Army	veteran	Christopher	G.	Turner	founded	the	
company	in	2004,	operating	at	the	Willow	Run	Airport	
in	Ypsilanti,	just	outside	Detroit.	After	just	five	years,	
Preferred	Avionics,	its	name	at	the	time,	needed	more	
space.	In	2009,	Turner	moved	the	business	to	its	
current	location.	
"We've	grown	from	one	employee	to	eight,"	said	
Randy	Weller,	manager	of	Preferred	Avionics	&	
Instruments.	"I	think	we've	grown	primarily	because	of	
our	reputation	and	ability	to	provide	quality	work,	and	
stand	behind	our	service."
The	repair	station's	technicians	specialize	in	avionics	
and	instrument	repairs,	upgrades,	overhauls,	and	
component-level	troubleshooting,	as	well	as	RVSM	
inspections	and	IFR/VFR	recertifications.	
In	2013,	Preferred	Avionics	expanded	its	services,	
adding	the	ability	to	service	and	overhaul	instruments,	
and	changed	its	name	to	reflect	the	new	capabilities.	
The	shop	now	holds	ratings	for	Radio	Class	1,	2,	3,	
Limited	Airframe,	Limited	Power	Plant	and	Instrument	



Avionics News October 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News October 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
The King is Back
Member Profile
Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
What’s Working?
Aviation Aces
Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
Member Profile
Meet the AEA board of directors
Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
Business Basics
Marketing Report Card
AEAviators
Touchy-Feely Avionics
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News October 2014 - Intro
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover2
Avionics News October 2014 - 1
Avionics News October 2014 - 2
Avionics News October 2014 - 3
Avionics News October 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News October 2014 - 5
Avionics News October 2014 - AEA Now
Avionics News October 2014 - 7
Avionics News October 2014 - 8
Avionics News October 2014 - 9
Avionics News October 2014 - 10
Avionics News October 2014 - 11
Avionics News October 2014 - 12
Avionics News October 2014 - 13
Avionics News October 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News October 2014 - 15
Avionics News October 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News October 2014 - 17
Avionics News October 2014 - 18
Avionics News October 2014 - 19
Avionics News October 2014 - The King is Back
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Avionics News October 2014 - 23
Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News October 2014 - 25
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Avionics News October 2014 - 27
Avionics News October 2014 - Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s Working?
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Avionics News October 2014 - Aviation Aces
Avionics News October 2014 - 39
Avionics News October 2014 - Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
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Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News October 2014 - 45
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Avionics News October 2014 - Meet the AEA board of directors
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Avionics News October 2014 - 50
Avionics News October 2014 - 51
Avionics News October 2014 - Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
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Avionics News October 2014 - Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
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Avionics News October 2014 - 61
Avionics News October 2014 - Business Basics
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Avionics News October 2014 - Marketing Report Card
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Avionics News October 2014 - AEAviators
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Avionics News October 2014 - Touchy-Feely Avionics
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s New
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Avionics News October 2014 - Marketplace Classifieds
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